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for john boehner than in the majority's office and i called our digital guy and i said tell me about twitter how it is used and what is going to work. he said you don't need to know that. it's not a big thing. and here we are now i notice in this campaign so much of what we did was driven from the bottom-up through twitter. when i was on the plane we would do it different, jen on air force one and i was doing it on what we called here force one. [laughter] i would play gaffle for 15 or 20 minutes and by that time i would come back from the plane and i would see on twitter that it already made news. >> when using people you mean reporters. [laughter] >> that was on the free to be you and me reporters and people. but this was kind of backstage conversation you were watching played out on twitter but it was more important for you with the journalists using. >> it became an incredible news aggregative you could see what journalist you were covering from the outlets that are more left-leaning and see what they were saying and folks on the right were saying and folks that are supposed to b
it off track when there were in fact very close. i think boehner has been very clear. i think revenues are on the table. they are at the moment drawing a line on tax rates, but we will see where that goes. the last time, you are right, didn't work and we were not facing quite the same set of circumstances we are facing today so i'm cautiously optimistic although i will offer to say lastly that people sometimes say okay, it looks like simpson-bowles, everything in between zero and $4 trillion we could end up with all kinds of outcomes that may be less than i would like and maybe less than all of you would like but at least something. i'm hoping it is more over here but i don't know. >> and steve, so we are gathered here to talk about u.s. global competitiveness. how important is resolving these issues to the american position on the global economy? >> first of all i think it's important not just our position in the global comment about our position in the world. admiral mullen who was the previous chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said our greatest national security threat was our f
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